Published on 28 November 2012
77 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report
123 – Number of days until Opening Day
The rumor mill is heating up in Major League Baseball this week with the winter meetings beginning Saturday in Nashville.
With all the chaos and the money grabbing going on in college athletics realignment, Heisman Trophy discussions, and whether Alabama or Georgia is a better match up for Notre Dame in the National Championship game, lets turn the page and get refocused baseball hot stove news.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers appear to be the favorites to sign free-agent SP Zack Greinke thanks to a massive TV deal with Fox Sports that will start after the 2013 season. Greinke is expected to require a six-year deal at $150 million, making him the highest paid right handed pitcher in history. He could even surpass the seven years and $161 million deal that CC Sabathia received from the New York Yankees.
Aroldis Chapman is going to be a starter for the Cincinnati Reds after signing Jonathan Broxton to a three-year, $21 million deal to replace him as closer. It's not what I would have done and when Chapman breaks down in the second half of the season and Broxton is struggling to close out games, Reds fans will ask why the team overspent for a closer when they had the best in the game. Chapman is the most dominate closer in the game and the Reds should use Broxton in a set-up role and leave Chapman alone.
Scott Feldman agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated $6 million. Incentives could add as much as $1 million to the deal.
- The San Francisco Giants and Brian Wilson are trying to reach a contract extension. The situation warrants our attention because Wilson is a non-tender candidate. He is guaranteed a $6.8 million through arbitration. Like Ryan Madson, Wilson is coming off Tommy John surgery, but this is Wilson's second Tommy John surgery in his career. Wilson wants a long term deal with the Giants, but the Giants now know they can win without him and have to decide whether Wilson is worth the long term contract. A better fit for the Giants make me to offer Wilson an incentive laden contract.
Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees agreed on a one-year deal worth $12 million.
- The Boston Red Sox traded Danny Valencia to the Baltimore Orioles for cash considerations.